Mission & Vision
The mission of VentureSchool is to create revolutionary learning opportunities that prepare students to become capable, curious, and courageous innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurial thinkers in their community. Equipped with an entrepreneurial mindset, students who participate in VentureSchool programs will be equipped with the skills necessary to develop innovative solutions to the challenges that affect our lives today and the world tomorrow.
Our vision is to produce unrivaled, engaging, and community-rooted learning experiences that leverage innovative design and student-centeredness through the lens of entrepreneurial education. We hope to cement a model that can be replicated throughout Detroit and eventually across the Midwest to create a region-wide network of young entrepreneurial thinkers ready to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.
At VentureSchool, we are intentional about developing a supportive and inclusive culture that will help our students grow and thrive. Our culture is rooted in five core principles called the VentureSchool5:
Embrace the Uncertain
We are curious, have an open mind, and believe that maintaining full control shouldn’t be the ultimate goal. We believe in the value of taking risks and learning from mistakes along the way.
As members of the VentureSchool community, we treat fellow members of the community with dignity and respect. To demonstrate respect, we start with a foundation of celebrating diversity, embracing new perspectives, and ultimately treating others the way they want to be treated.
We know that it is difficult to achieve excellence, but it should be our only pursuit. We owe it to ourselves and those who support us to invest our full energy into becoming the best we can be.
At VentureSchool, we take ownership over our work, and are proud of what we create. Every day is a page written for our lasting legacy. We will make every page count.
There is a reason to be joyful and celebrate the opportunities and possibilities that life brings us every day. We will strive to find happiness in not what we can give to ourselves, but from what we can do for others.
The VentureSchool Ecosystem
The VentureSchool ecosystem is comprised of three main elements that work together to create transformational change in education by leveraging the power of entrepreneurial thinking. Scroll down to explore each element in depth.
VentureSchool, our flagship program, is an entrepreneurially-focused learning experience designed to supplement and enhance a student’s high school career. Following core academic coursework at their school, students will come to VentureSchool on a daily basis for a semester at a time to work on interdisciplinary entrepreneurial consultancy projects as well as launch and grow ventures from the ground up in our startup studio. As participants in VentureSchool, students will develop the mindset and the skillset to turn problems into possibilities and obstacles into opportunities.
VentureLink is a is a five-week summer learning program that helps students solidify core academic content and prevent the “summer slide” while unleashing their entrepreneurial potential. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in weekly excursions to hotbeds of entrepreneurial activity in and around Detroit.
VentureLabs give students a crash course in a wide variety of entrepreneurial topics while weaving in foundational core academic knowledge. These learning experiences have the flexibility to take on a variety of formats, from after-school workshops to activities during the school day -- the possibilities are endless.